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Gonorrhea is a type of sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can affect both men and women. It is a bacterium that is passed between people having vaginal, oral or anal sex without protection, or sharing unclean sex toys. Gonorrhea can infect various parts of the body and can also be passed from a pregnant mother to her baby.
What is gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea, also spelled as gonorrhoea and sometimes called ‘the clap’, is a type of STI. It is caused by a bacterium, called Neisseria gonorrhoeae or gonococcus, which can infect various parts of the body. This includes the rectum and the urethra, which is the tube that passes urine from your body when you pass water. Infection in the eyes and throat is possible but less common. In women, infection of the entrance of the womb- the cervix- can occur. Unprotected sex, whether that be oral, vaginal or anal can spread the bacteria from one person to another. The sharing of unclean or unprotected sex toys can also spread gonorrhea.
Both men and women can catch gonorrhea, and pregnant women can pass the infection onto their baby. If a mother does not treat her gonorrhea, her new-born baby may be permanently blinded. Antibiotics used to treat the mother will not harm the baby.
Gonnorrhea symptoms and warning signs
While both men and women can catch gonorrhea, the symptoms and warning signs can be different.
Gonorrhea In Women
Women with gonorrhea often don’t see any symptoms, which can make diagnosing and then curing the infection harder. The NHS states that 50% of infected women will not experience any obvious symptoms.
However, you may experience vaginal discharge that is thin or watery, or yellow or green in colour. A tender and painful lower abdomen may also be felt, though this is less common than a painful or burning sensation when urinating. Some women may also see a change in their menstrual cycle, such as heavier periods, or bleeding between periods or after sex.
For women, the risks of contracting Gonorrhoea when pregnant and can have an impact on your pregnancy as a whole.
Gonorrhea In Men
Gonorrhea symptoms present themselves far more commonly in men than women. The NHS states that around 10% of infected men will not display any obvious symptoms. For the other 90%, the symptoms and warning signs of gonorrhea may include a discharge from the end of the penis. This may be white, yellow or green in colour. You may also experience a burning or painful sensation when urinating or swollen foreskin. Tender, painful testicles are rare but can occur.
In both genders, if infected fluids such as semen or vaginal discharge come into contact with eyes, it can cause conjunctivitis.
Further Complications Of Gonorrhea
Left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to serious health conditions. In women, it may lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancies and long-term pelvic-pain. Miscarriage and premature labour can also occur in a pregnant mother who is infected. In men, gonorrhea can lead to an infection of the testicles and prostate gland. In rare cases, this can lead to reduced fertility and even sepsis.
Getting A Gonorrhea Test
If you suspect you may be infected, it is important to get a gonorrhea test at the earliest opportunity. In men, a urine sample will be tested, or in both genders, a swab test of discharge may be taken. If you’re looking for gonorrhea treatment online, fill out a Medicine Direct health questionnaire here. This will be passed to one of our doctors, who will assess your symptoms prescribe the right course of treatment for you.
With the right treatment, gonorrhea is a curable STI. As gonorrhea is caused by a type of bacteria (called Neisseria gonorrhoeae or gonococcus), the aim of treatment is to kill that bacteria.
Here’s a quick science lesson. For bacteria to develop and thrive, it must create cell walls. Without these walls, the bacteria can’t hold its contents together or protect itself from substances trying to destroy it. This medicine interferes with that wall-building process, killing the bacteria and ending the negative effects it has on your body.
Gonorrhea treatment length
As Gonorrhea affects people differently, your treatment length will be unique to you. Therefore, a doctor will need to advise the necessary amount of medicine you will need to be cured and in the clear once again. If you’re looking for gonorrhea treatment online, we can complete a Medicine Direct health questionnaire. This will be passed to one of our doctors, who will assess and prescribe the right course of treatment.
What medicine direct can offer for gonnorhea
Medicine Direct can prescribe you a course of tablets called Cefixime. This is a type of cephalosporin antibiotic medicine, which is used to treat various bacterial infections. A common prescription to cure gonorrhea is one 400mg tablet, taken twice a day. We offer free delivery and discreet packaging, as well as a next day option so you can start treatment without delay.